Graduate

Master’s Degree

As the only graduate program of its kind in the state, the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Master of Arts in Spanish attracts international, national, and local students who are interested in a comprehensive program of study including courses in literature, linguistics, translation and cultural studies and film that focus on Spain, Latin America, and the Latino U.S. The faculty of the Division of Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies has developed a graduate curriculum that has systematically been updated to reflect national trends and to address student needs and interests. The Spanish MA trains language instructors who work at all levels of education; it prepares graduates to offer linguistic and translation support for businesses, immigration services, and tourism; and it offers a platform from which students and faculty serve as liaisons between Hawai‘i’s growing Hispanic community (approximately 121,000), the university, and the state. The high quality of our MA graduates, who receive national and local recognition for their academic and research endeavors, is attested to by their routine acceptance into the most prestigious Ph.D. programs in the nation and their great success in finding teaching positions in first-rate schools and colleges.

SLOs

At the end of the MA program students will be able to:

SLO 1. Demonstrate advanced language skills in Spanish. SLO 2. Apply analytical and critical skills in the interpretation of different texts (literary and other forms of visual expression). SLO 2a. Locate and retrieve relevant secondary criticism. SLO 2b. Apply secondary criticism in research projects. SLO 3. Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge of Spanish and Latin American literary expressions. SLO 4. Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge of Spanish and Latin American traditional and cultural expressions. SLO 5. Demonstrate knowledge of Spanish linguistics. SLO 6. Read, write and use oral skills for specific professional purposes. SLO7. (Teaching Assistants only) Demonstrate familiarity with current L2 teaching methodologies, language learning technologies and practices.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements of the Graduate Division, applicants must have the following:

  1. A major or its equivalent in the chosen area of concentration with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B);
  2. The competence equivalent to two years of study at the college level in a second foreign language.

Applicants with minor deficiencies may be accepted provisionally, but coursework taken to make up deficiencies may not be counted toward satisfaction of the degree requirements. Applicants accepted provisionally are expected to complete any deficiencies by the end of the first year of study.

All students are required to satisfy the remaining specific requirements and to pass the comprehensive examinations in their area of concentration.

Students who select Plan A (thesis) in their area of concentration must present a thesis proposal, including justification of the topic and a bibliography, for approval by the thesis director and two members of the thesis committee before the end of the second semester of work. The completed thesis must be presented to the thesis committee at least four weeks before the Graduate Division deadline. The Graduate Division requires all theses to be written in English.

Spanish Requirement

Candidates in Spanish may select Plan A (thesis) or Plan B (non-thesis). Candidates in both plans are required to take 30 credit hours. A minimum of 18 of these credits must be numbered 600 and above, including at least one graduate seminar. Candidates selecting Plan A (thesis) must complete 6 credit hours of LLEA 700 (Thesis Research). Spanish graduate assistants are also required to take a course in language teaching methodology approved by the Spanish graduate faculty (e.g., SPAN 658 [Seminar in Spanish Linguistics] or LLL 455 [Second Language Learning and Technology]) during their first year of coursework. Candidates of both plans must pass a final comprehensive examination in literature (Peninsular and Latin American) and in one additional area (language, film studies, Latino Studies, or cultural studies). The examination is based on the minimum reading list and is tailored to fit the background and coursework of the individual candidates.

Students who select Plan A (thesis) in their area of concentration must present a thesis proposal, including justification of the topic and a bibliography, for approval by the thesis director and two members of the thesis committee before the end of the second semester of work. The completed thesis must be presented to the thesis committee at least four weeks before the Graduate Division deadline. The Graduate Division requires all theses to be written in English.

Graduate Assistantship

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship, you must be admitted to our Master’s Program. Please click on Graduate Application to go to the Graduate Division site: Graduate Application

You must have Acrobat Reader to open the form fillable Graduate Assistantship Application and the Graduate Assistantship Evaluation Form. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free. Adobe Reader

For the Graduate Assistantship application, click on the link below. Fill out the form, print, then return to it our Department. Then fill out 3 Graduate Assistantship Evaluation Forms. Give the evaluation forms to 3 people and have them return the form to Moore Hall 464.

If you need further information regarding our program, please contact the following advisor:

Division Advisor Phone No. Office E-mail Address
Spanish Dr. Joy Logan (808) 956‑4163 Moore 488 logan@hawaii.edu
 

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